June 21, 2006

McClain chooses Tide

Decatur High School linebacker Rolando McClain is one of the South's most sought after defensive prospects. On Wednesday night, McClain, 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, made his college choice with a call to the Alabama staff.

"I called Coach (Chris) Ball at about 7 p.m. and told him I was ready to commit to Alabama. I had already discussed it with my parents and my head coach. My parents were 100 percent behind me as long as I'm happy. [Decatur] Coach [Jere] Adcock told me congratulations and that he is very proud of me," McClain said. "I had planned to wait a while longer, but I knew what was best for me. I had seen enough of Alabama and Auburn and that is really the two schools it came down to. Alabama is running low on numbers and I wanted to make sure I had a spot. It was the right fit for me, so I went ahead and committed."

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